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RM33,000 cash prizes for film making.

KOTA KINABALU: The 3rd China-Sabah Short Film Competition is back again this year, with a total of RM33,000 cash prizes to be won.

It is organized by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, in collaboration with Kota Kinabalu Journalists Association (KKJA).

This year, the Chinese consulate has doubled the cash prizes for the winning filmmakers.

The Gold Award winner will receive RM10,000 cash prize, followed by RM8,000 cash prize for the Silver Award and RM5,000 cash prize for the Bronze Award.


The consulate is also giving out RM2,000 each for the Best Editing Award and Most Creative Film Award, as well as 10 consolation prizes of RM600 each.

Cooperation between China and Sabah has grown by leaps and bounds.

Consul General Liang Caide said the cooperation in various fields between China and Sabah has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years.

“This is especially true in the battle against Covid-19, where China and Sabah have supported and reached out to each other during the trying times.


“There are many moving stories that truly reflect the spirit of brotherhood between the people of China and Sabah.”

He urged filmmakers, be it professional or amateur, to participate in the competition and tell their personal anecdotes or stories inspired by their surroundings through the short films.

“We welcome stories that depict the close relationship between China and Sabah, including the cooperation in fighting Covid-19, enduring friendship and preservation of Chinese cultures in Sabah.


“I believe this is a platform for those with a passion in expressing their creativity and inspiration.”

Liang Caide

The film can be of any genre, such as documentary, drama and digital animation, shot either with mobile phones, cameras, DV or tablets.

Submission must not exceed six minutes, inclusive of beginning and end credits.


The short films can be in any languages, but English or Chinese subtitles are required for submissions with language(s) other than Mandarin.


Participants are required to fill in the entry form and upload their short films to YouTube.com, set as unlisted and provide the link to the organizer along with the entry form via email to chinasabahshortfilmcontest@gmail.com.


Participants are allowed to submit more than one film. Each film must be submitted separately with the entry form.


The closing date for submission is 31st October 2020.


For rules and regulations and to download entry form, visit http://kotakinabalu.china-consulate.org/eng/zytz_1/t1807451.htm


For more information or to obtain raw video footage or photos provided by the Chinese consulate, please contact organizing chairman Mr James Tseu at 016-8329883 or KKJA chairman Mr Yong Ted Phen at 019-8807941, or email to chinasabahshortfilmcontest@gmail.com.


Participants can also visit its Facebook video.

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